You’ve found your venue, you’ve sent your save the dates, and now you’re ready to send your wedding invitations. But what do you need to include? I’ve put together 5 details you NEED to include in your wedding invites. This will save you any mishaps and stress as your wedding date gets closer. Some of them may seem simple but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget the little details.
DATE, TIME & LOCATION
It may sounds obvious but sometime they are the ones that get missed out. Make sure you tell you guests the exact date including day of the week ie Saturday 2nd July 2020. The full address of the venue or church including postcode. And lastly the time, my biggest tip would be to not give the exact time of the ceremony, but rather make sure guests arrive at least 30 minutes before the ceremony begins, as we usually try and get guests seated 15 minutes before the ceremony to allow it to start on time. So for example if your ceremony starts at 14:00 put on your invites 13:30 as the time. It also means any guests who are know for being late will still be early!
This is very important especially if your location is rural, or a different postcode is needed as google doesn’t pick it up. And yes they could google it but it just means you won’t have guests getting lost or accidentally going to the wrong location if there is a similar venue name in the area. It will make your life a lot less stressful, and avoid getting phone calls and texts from guests who are lost.
WEDDING GIFT LIST
I appreciate not everyone wants to make one, but I would encourage you to think about would you like guests to gift. Is it money, are you wanting to donate to a charity close to your hearts, or are you happy to have gifts. The advantage of creating one, is you will get gifts you actually want, and you won’t end up with random things you’ll either end up re gifting or try and sell. And it means guests know what your wishes are and they can contribute what they are able to,
PLUS ONES & DRESS CODES
It’s best to be clear with your guests your intentions. Whilst most guests will know how to dress for a wedding, some couples like to go all out and may want to have black tie and cocktail dresses, especially if the vibe for the wedding is high end luxury or if you’re opting for a more relaxed vibe are you happy with smart casual? Do you want gentlemen to wear suits or are you happy with chinos?
Making it clear if your guest is able to bring a plus one or not. The last thing you need is someone attending with a guest you haven’t catered for or you were unaware is attending. Be clear from the beginning and avoid any drams on the day.
Make sure you add an RSVP card even if you have an email they can send it to, it’s always best to make it easy for guests to have a way to communicate if they are attending. And please add a dietary requirements section, for guests to let you know at the same time. This will save you lots of calls a week before saying oh by the way I have an allergy to gluten. Trust me it’s happened!